Just as Suzanne Collins did with reality TV and The Hunger Games - I love to take something current and noodle it into a story about the future. It's not hard to see how many times science fiction writers have been spot-on about what the future will bring. (see my older post about Isaac Asimov and a future World's Fair.)
However, when a news story comes along that highlights something the government is condoning that is right out of George Orwell's 1984 - I get scared, very scared.
How do you feel about the police being able to secretly track your every move without your knowledge or consent? http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2013150,00.html
And - since I can't be everywhere, reading every interesting story that comes along - what are the signs that your worst fears about the future are coming true?